What is the most common phrase one would say to techies before a show? I would guess not "good luck", but "break a leg" is only for actors, isn't it? Or maybe techies don't go for that sort of thing...I'm just looking to include everyone in pre-show well-wishing.
Unfortunately we dont get much financial help from the school so we end up using duct tape or no residue tape. Most of what we use tape for is keeping extension cords and sound cables from creating trip hazards.
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Our td likes to call us back stage about 3 minutes to curtin to give us a "you are the magic "speech the upperclassman pretty much know it by hart something about its allwise been up to you guys and now lets tell the story like its never been told before but he draws it out to about 10 or 15 minutes and for those of you that passed high school math you can figure out why our shows never start on time. The closeing night is even better he give awards/gifts to everyone and says some stuff to the senoirs then we start close to 1/2 hour late.
In australia we have our own version of 'break a leg' which is "chookas" usually before a show we just get wished "chookas" over the cans or whatever.... we also have the term slabbing which im sure is used all over the world!
forget to turn the mic on, one slab, forget to turn it off, two slabs.. pull the wrong fly line.. and your gone! haha...
One show i did, the opening had a scrim down on the procenium line, and dancers performed behind it casting huge shadows onto the scrim. the calls came over the cans "standby lx3, standbyscrim up" "lx3 standing by" "scrim standing by" "scrim go" and me and another tech are sitting in the bio box watching the scrim go down... down... down... till the fly bar hit the stage... it was the funniest yet one of the worst things to happen on the opening of the show!! btw.. the show was JCS haha
In high school, we always had the "Welcome home, give 'em hell" speech. In college, we don't really have anything before the shows. After the shows......well, I won't get into that. My favorite saying has to be "If force doesn't work, you're not using enough." ---and that's coming from a sound guy.